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Face Verbs

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Did you know that 93% of communication is through body language, while only 7% of communication consists of words! This low percentage means that saying the words “I'm sorry” doesn't mean much when your tone and body language do not reflect sorriness. Nonverbal communication ranges from facial expression to body language. Gestures, signs, and use of space are also important in nonverbal communication.

Humans never stop moving and there are so many things we can do with our bodies. Here are some verbs that all relate to actions we do with our face. Do you recognise any of them? Take this short quiz to see. Just decide which verb is needed to complete the sentence. Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline Devane

Facial Action Verbs

Wink -  to close one eye and open it again quickly, especially as a private signal to somebody, or to show something is a joke.
Blink - to open and close both of your eyes quickly.
Smell - to put your nose near something and breathe in so that you can discover or identify its smell.
Sniff -   to breathe air in through your nose in order to smell something in a way that makes a noise.
Listen -   to give attention to someone or something in order to hear them:
Cry - to produce tears from your eyes because you are unhappy or hurt.
Frown - to make your face show that you are angry, annoyed or worried by moving your eyebrows (the lines of hair above your eyes).
Smile - to make a happy or friendly expression in which the corners of your mouth.
Chew - to crush food (repeatedly bite) between your teeth before you swallow it.
Bite - to cut something using your teeth.

Other Useful words

Here are a few words and phrases that appear in the ten questions below.

Blow your nose - clear your nose of mucus by blowing through it into a handkerchief.
Wrinkles - small lines on your face that you get when you grow old.
Swallow - o move your throat in order to make food or drink go down.
Snobby - like a snob: someone who thinks they are better than other people because they are in a higher social position.

Choose the correct verb to complete each sentence:

  • 1. If you ___ lots and lots that should clear the dirt out of your eye.

  • 2. Stop ___ and blow your nose!

  • 3. The baby just ___ me. It hurts now she has teeth!

  • 4. I think the man at the bar just ___ at me.

  • 5. Stop ___, you'll get wrinkles.

  • 6. Can you please just ___ to me for a second? I'm trying to tell you something important.

  • 7. You need to ___ that food for ages before you can swallow it!

  • 8. If you ___ more then people wouldn't think you were so snobby.

  • 9. Don't ___ honey, he'll be back very soon.

  • 10. Can you ___ that? I think there's something wrong with the car.